The Magnificent Book of Kites: Explorations in Design, Construction, Enjoyment & Flight

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Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., 2002 - Crafts & Hobbies - 464 pages
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Whether you yearn for a simple project or an award-winning beauty, this unbeatable guide has more than 1,500 illustrations that show how to build a range of kites—including 37 of the most popular models from bugs to fighters. Stop there, or use the patterns as a take-off point for creating something special. With basic instructions on aerodynamics, sewing, heat-sealing, and safety. Bonus: lists of nationwide festivals, kite clubs, and stunt kiting groups.
  

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If you ever considered making or building a kite out of modern materials - and by that I mean sewing with ripstop nylon fabric and using fiberglass or carbon spars - then this is the book for you.
Although the book covers the basics on paper and plastic kites, where it excels is describing - step by step - the process and steps involved in sewing kites out of ripstop nylon and framing them up. It demystifies the process and lets you realize that you really can do it. The book contains over 1500 detailed illustrations - both of the finished kites and individual construction details. There are plans and instructions for creating many, many different types of kites. Whereas most kite plans found on the internet are one page and assume the user knows the details on how to sew and reinforce and connect frames - the plans in the book contain discussions and detail illustrations on each step. Importantly, it also tells you the order in which to take the steps. Design principles and how they affect the flight of the kite are explained clearly.
In response to other criticisms, it is true that the descriptions in the plans are not always perfect and may take some puzzling out. But there really is not another book out there with more detail and effort in explaining the building of some complicated kites.
This book is a revised edition of Maxwell's best-seller "Kiteworks." The layout of "Maginficent" is changed, and it contains what was at the time new information about kites and the Web, creating kites using computers, and a materials directory. It also addressed kiteboarding, surfing, skiing et al. for the first time. Unfortunately, since it was published in 1989 the information on these subjects has changed alot and this book is not definitive on them.
 

Contents

CONTENTS
15
I0 A LineRetrieval System
63
Maneuverable KitesEastern Fighters and Western Stunt Kites
120
2I Benjamin Franklinand How a Kite
132
Kites and Myths
139
The Mystique of the Eddy Kite
140
World Kiting Records
142
K1TE PROJECTS 26 Some Overall Tips
147
The Gusset Delta
253
The Stone Mountain Kite
259
The Parafoil Kite
272
The Hewitt Flexkite
279
The Sting Ray Kite
286
4I Coffee Cup Kites
302
Miniature Kites
313
A Rotor Kite
328

The Eddy Kite
149
The Keeled Diamond Eddy Kite
156
Sled Kite Variationsthe Scott Sled Hornbeam Mark
168
More Complex Sled Kites the Bullet Brandes Flare and Fluted Sled
180
3I The Rhomboid Box Kite
195
The Winged Box Kite
207
The Delta Box Kite
212
The TriD Box Kite
220
COLOR SECT1ON 225240
225
The Kaleidakite
244
The Parawing Kite
333
The Barn Door Kite
337
The Triple Yakko Stakk Kite
342
Origami Bug Kites
356
The Delta Kite Portfolio
380
The Trefoil Delta Kite
394
The Turbo Stunt Kite
420
Making a Kite Bag
437
Acknowledgments
456
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